SeaStar

SeaStar

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandFolkCeltic

Described as both “timeless” and “authentic”, SeaStar's powerful vocals, contagious melodies, and singable choruses blend together in a memorable fusion of Celtic, Folk, Americana, and Bluegrass. Their traditional sounding tunes and clever story-driven songs are loved and revered by many across the globe.

Biography

"SeaStar is chock full of originality"  (Victory Music)

"SeaStar is a blend of both the old and the new, the tranquil and passionate, the dramatic and playful. They are equal parts storyteller and muse, weaving a tapestry of poetry and music while leaving enough breathing room for the audience to dream and contemplate" (Seattle Night Out)

" An exceptionally strong vocalist..." (San Diego Troubadour)

".. folky, passionate, Celtic-y....you had my heart dancing!" (Index Arts Fest)

"..the voice... I thought I was listening to an angel..." (Yakima Folklife)

SeaStar hails from the rainy town of Seattle.

With a velvet voice, a hearty laugh, and the traditions of the Celtic winds, Fae Wiedenhoeft (pronounced Wee-den-hauft) and her band SeaStar take their listeners on a musical journey through history and tradition. Fae is an award winning songwriter. Her traditional sounding tunes and clever story-driven songs are loved and revered by many across the globe. Compared & influenced by the greats: Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Mary Black, & Sandy Denny, "Fae's song stories are a must for fans of Celtic Folk!" (Celtic Music Radio).

Since their beginnings in 2007,  SeaStar’s music has been described as both “timeless” and “authentic”. Their affinity for history, folklore, and the passions of the human spirit keep them moving throughout the world. They have toured across the US, Canada, Ireland, Turkey, Poland, England, France, and Scotland, sharing the stage with folk legends like Dougie MacLean.

SeaStar's love of musical storytelling is only surpassed by their desire to share it with others. Whether it's a small house concert or a large concert hall, Fae will invite you in, sing to you a tale, and make it feel as if she is singing just to you.

Here are some of the Festivals that SeaStar has played

Celtic Connections Music Fest (Danny Kyle Stage), Glasgow, Scotland (2014, 2016)
Tumbleweed Music Festival (2014- 2016)
Juan de Fuca Music Fest (2016)
Index Arts Fest (2007-16)
NW Blackberry Festival (2016)
Seattle Acoustic Festvial (2016)
Seattle Maritime Music Fest (2015)
Port Gamble Maritime Music Fest (2013, 2015)
American Day in Zalecze Wielkie, Poland (2014)
Dougie MacLean's Perthshire Amber, Perth, Scotland (2013)
The Pan Celtic International Music Festival, Carlow, Ireland (2012)
Harvest Festival, Goreme, Turkey (2012)
Far West, Los Angeles  (2012, 2013)
NorthWest Folklife (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011,2015)
Yakima Folklife (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)

Awards

2016 - Second Place, Stories of the Sea Contest, Seattle Maritime Festival - For the song "The Little Western"

2015 - Audience Choice Award, Tumbleweed Music Festival - For the song "Bittersweet Rubbish"

2015 - Top Ten Finalist, Tumbleweed Music Festival - For the song "Bittersweet Rubbish"

2015 - Honorable Mention, Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest - For the song "Bittersweet Rubbish"

2015 - First Place, Robert Kotta Songwriting Contest - For the song "The Little Western"

2014 - Top Ten Finalist, Tumbleweed Music Festival - For the song "Woodcarver"

2013 - First Place, Robert Kotta Songwriting Contest - For the song "Sailor"

2009 - Finalist, ISC - For the song "True

Lyrics

Moon Jubilee

Written By: Fae Wiedenhoeft

the light it holds tight at the end of the night
the shadows they dance with the flame
the streets full of haze as we trip the soul maze
shedding worries and even our names.

the stars so alive as the moon pulls the tides
it's cold, but the water is free
our legs twist and twirl at the edge of the world
in the dance of the moon jubilee

the laughter of trees through the forest's cool breeze
the place where old wisdom sings
the oak and the green and the dawn's broken dream
shyly curtsey to a nightingale’s wing

the drums do begin as the clouds filter in
the stars planting dreams in the sea
the white swirling waves wake old Neptune's brigades
in the dance of the moon jubilee

we could find such pleasure here
with the map in the lines of our palms
to the songs of the seas and the trees
our very breath joins hands with the fog

the rocks and the shore and the soul's open door
make way for this new virgin start
the waltz of the sky and the wonders on high
make the world forget hatred and doubt

with a sigh and a wink that old moon starts to sink
we fly with the night's mystery
we watch dreams unfurl at the edge of the world
in the dance of the moon jubilee
in the dance of the moon jubilee
in the dance of the moon jubilee

The Sailor

Written By: Fae Wiedenhoeft

The Sailor ~ Fae Wiedenhoeft ~ 3 Nov 2011

Oh, the North winds are blowing and I can't see beyond the fog.
It's been 10 weeks since I've held my son and my one true love.
The black waters keep rolling, in the distance a lonely horn
and the gale starts screaming as we sail the eye of the storm.

Chorus:
But in the dead of night, with no land in sight
you feel a silence, a silence deep in your bones.
and those sirens sing and your eyes see things
and you wonder, will I ever get home?

And the waves pour around us; try and keep a level head
with no sleep and a face full of drink you think you're better off dead
My father worked on a trawler and his father too
he said "do what you can, stay on land."
but these veins salt water runs through

Chorus:
And in the dead of night, with no land in sight
you feel a silence, a silence deep in your bones.
though the sirens sing and your eyes see things
you wonder, will I ever get home?

And the haul's on for hours. My fingers are frozen stone
and my fears play cruel games. I see lost sailors in the foam.
There's a red sky tonight and no more lines to set.
Home we will go with riches in tow but my heart will not soon forget.

Chorus:
In the dead of night, with no land in sight
you feel a silence, a silence deep in your bones.
and those sirens sing and your eyes see things
makes you wonder, will I ever get home?
will I ever get home....

Broken

Written By: Fae Wiedenhoeft

Broken
Words and music by Fae Wiedenhoeft 3/12/11 – 4/11/11

Step forward and know... You are not broken
You have been on your own for far too long
Step forward and know the night won’t last forever
Beyond that door is a day waiting to bloom

Step forward and know that new skin sometimes hurts
A change is coming and your blood is strong
Step forward and know the elders will guide you
Through stars and sea, a voice will come to you and sing

I am whole. I am the soul of all before me

I am whole and not alone with all around me

I am whole. I am strong. I can face what’s ahead of me

If I surrender control…
I can be free

Step forward and know
You are not broken.

Running

Written By: Fae Wiedenhoeft

Running - Words and music by Fae Wiedenhoeft ASCAP

Don’t need to send me a letter to let me know we’re through
I felt things had changed when I looked at you.
And I know perhaps I wasn’t perfect in the end
But it’s hard for me to find when we stopped being friends

And you were always running
Running to strangers, lights, and sounds
And you were always running
And I’m not sure what you found
And does it hold you better than me?

What a strange divide of space when I saw you the other day
My heart leapt into my throat as I turned and rushed away
It’s funny how close two can be when the fire makes the meld
But when it’s cold and it’s gone, we’re just two metals that repel
And you were always Running
Running to strangers, lights, and sounds
And you were always Running
And I hope you like what you found
And does it hold you better than me

Don’t need to send me a letter to set you free
I hope what you found loves you as much as me.

Bittersweet Rubbish

Written By: S. Fae Wiedenhoeft

This song was inspired from a conversation I had with the bar man at the Brazen Head Pub in Dublin

Words and music by Fae Wiedenhoeft

We landed but two days ago and we wandered these Dublin streets.
Down to the BrazenHead Pub for a well deserved pint and reprieve.
And the barman spoke of old times.
From poor to poorer the Irish remain.
The Celtic Tiger has lost its mighty roar and we’re back to the same ways again
Chorus:
And the wind sing the old songs that I’ve always known.
The ones that my friends sang; some are here, some are gone.
And the wind sings of freedom and of things left unseen.
As we sit in this old pub and live the dream of 1916.

And the whiskey was flowing and that barman he went on
Sayin’ 40% of his wage went to pay Ireland’s Government loans.
And the water and rubbish are taxed; taxes like a king was still here.
And we are back to the days when feeding a family and paying the rent is certainly unclear.
Chorus.

And we make due you see.
And yes, we are technically free.
And our lives are so much better than my father’s father had dreamed.
And each night I talk to the tourists and we laugh at our global pains.
And remember that sharin’ a pint and singin’ a song
breathes hope with each refrain.
Chorus.

Never Go Back

Written By: S. Fae Wiedenhoeft

Kick up your heels, oh Lord
Just dry your eyes, uh huh
Shake out your memories
you could never go back,
you can never go back, no no.

I was raised on a road that foretold of a world that was waiting,
Oh, it was waiting there for me.
And I sang old songs about places and dreams the were coming,
they were coming I could see.
And I knew the time was nigh.
All the places that I'd fly... Something said to me...

Chorus

And for years I roved on with not more than a song in my pocket,
Oh, my pockets were so lean.
And the faces I met fed my soul full of stories and magic,
Oh, the magic I have seen.
And I think of my family home.
Miss my daddy and the road where I've grown
And something says to me..

Never Go Back

Written By: S. Fae Wiedenhoeft

Kick up your heels, oh Lord
Just dry your eyes, uh huh
Shake out your memories
you could never go back,
you can never go back, no no.

I was raised on a road that foretold of a world that was waiting,
Oh, it was waiting there for me.
And I sang old songs about places and dreams the were coming,
they were coming I could see.
And I knew the time was nigh.
All the places that I'd fly... Something said to me...

Chorus

And for years I roved on with not more than a song in my pocket,
Oh, my pockets were so lean.
And the faces I met fed my soul full of stories and magic,
Oh, the magic I have seen.
And I think of my family home.
Miss my daddy and the road where I've grown
And something says to me..

Chorus

Discography

SeaStar Discography:

Never Go Back - 2016
SeaStar takes Scotland DVD - 2014
North Winds - 2013
The Dublin Three DVD - 2012
Home - 2011
Almost Home - Limited edition EP - 2011
Home - EP - 2010
SeaStar RPM Challenge - 2009
SeaStar Blue - 2008

Fae Wiedenhoeft's Solo albums:

There's a Right Way for Doing Wrong - 2016
Great and Terrible Beauty 2015
Castle Walls 2014
The Wild 2014
Journey  2013
Far, Far Away 2012
Hope  2010
Lost But Not Forgotten  2009
The Branch Above 2008
February Fog 2007
Saffron Sessions 2006

Christmas Tapestry, with George Sadak - 2010
Invitation, with Melody Benbow - 2001
After the Mad King Dies - Cauldron - 2001
Waves to the Sky, with Melody Benbow - 1999
Song of the Isles, with band Myriad - 1998

music can be heard at:
www.weareseastar.com
www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SeaStar
www.seastar1.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/seastarsings
www.facebook.com/faesings
www.jetbutterfly.com
www.reverbnation.com/seastar


Set List

set lists are always composed personally for each venue.

we have about 4 sets of music ready to perform at any time.